Travelling alone can be a daunting thought. I had always travelled with others, from an early age with family then in the armed forces in large groups. Upon leaving the armed forces I knew I needed some time time on my own and wanted to get away. I though about just going somewhere I had previously been before but decide to go all out. Cuba, the anxiety I had before travelling was off the scale, questioning myself if I had made a stupid mistake, even on the flight which was around 14 hours all I was thinking to myself was what have I done. That all changed when I was on the way to the hotel, embracing the new freedom I had, the new surroundings I found and a tranquil setting which put that smile back on my face. Sometimes, even as hard as it is, a big decision we make in the past sets up our future and that decision I made to go travelling alone, even as hard as it was with all the anxiety was the best decision I ever made. I still have days where I feel trapped but having that one experience, that one time I just went for it reminds me that I can do the impossible and although anxiety can last lifelong, knowing that I can live alongside it and still enjoy travel makes a huge impact on living a good life.
I think it all depends on your personal needs, what I found when I was studying in Spain was with my course I had it so 70% was online which was ideal as I was still very new to the language and the parts online I could do a quick translate, in class it did get easy as the course progressed, many of the tutors where bi-lingual so I was able to take away from the class the main points alongside bits I was picking up learning the language and as being in a group lesson you get to make new friends which helped with the culture, and also picking up new phrases. One thing that stood out for me was when I was trying to get books and being able to communicate, although in little sentences was where to pick up studying material I needed for my course which was very helpful.
Just thinking about travelling can be daunting, I think the hard part is leaving your place of comfort and going to the unknown, I dreaded my first trip travelling by myself but it was worth it, it opened up new doors in my and the best advice is keep on going!